SEATTLE - The list of Haggen, Inc. stores closing in Washington state continues to grow as the locally owned grocery chain announced three more of its TOP Food & Drug stores will shut their doors for good within the next three months.
Nearly 150 employees at the TOP stores in Auburn, Kent and Yakima will be forced to find work once the stores close.
Haggen says it's working with local unions to try to place employees at other Haggen stores or local grocery retailers.
Company leadership says the closures are part of a long-term plan focused on improving the overall competitiveness of the Bellingham-based grocery chain.
The nearest Haggen store for customers in Kent and Auburn is in Lake Tapps. Haggen encourages customers in Yakima to support other independent grocery stores in the area once the TOP location is gone.
Earlier this year Haggen announced plans to close TOP stores in Tacoma, Lacey, Federal Way, Bellevue and Shoreline.
Haggen currently operates more than 20 stores in Washington and Oregon under the Haggen Northwest Fresh and TOP Food & Drug names.